Gestalt ID: 17
|Date released||October 15, 1990|
|Date discontinued||September 14, 1992|
|Operating System||System 6.0.7 - Mac OS 7.5.5|
|Price at release||USD 1,499|
USD 999 without a hard drive
Demand for another "all-in-one" Mac, such as the popular Macintosh Plus and the SE, spurred the introduction of the Macintosh Classic. Limitations of the form factor prohibited major innovations in this model.
Perhaps the best feature of this Macintosh was the price, it was the first sub-$1000 ($1500 with 40MB hard drive) computer introduced by Apple.
One new (and unique) feature in the Classic, though, was the ability to start from a ROM disk by holding down the keys
command-option-x-o during the boot process. No other Mac ever had this feature; none before, and none since.
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